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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 2, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas DAVE Editor and Pubisher JIM Managing Editor Texds duly 2f 1987 Editorial Texas lottery should face a referendum Opponents to a state lottery say such a game would be a form of tax on poor people because the rich can afford to play it and the poor Maybe but the rich can afford not to A theological argument is that a lottery is sacreligious or It a game of The revenue estimates for a Texas lottery are virtually One figure is a lottery would bring in thats eight zeros and Texas is working on the presumption of a state budget of almost Say 5 million Texans bought lottery tickets at a Each person might be reasonably expected to average buying two Thats million It gets more complicated in that merchants who sell tickets must receive a as do the administrators of the Instant cash prizes of from to or so might be But what is the interest possible on million or so in a year before prizes are Even if you gave away million in lesser prizes and three milliondollar winners that leaves way more money than it should take to administer and distribute the Interest keeps on accruing as the lottery enters its second that subsequent We can hold down the size of the grand prize and have a lot of milliondollar winners or make fewer people megabucks rich with grand prizes of million or Most people probably would rather have a slim chance of winning a million dollars than even less chance of winning but either way the net lottery profit adds up as long as you dont give away more than you bring What is being debated in Austin is whether to put the lot tery to a public To let Texans decide whether they want to spend less than the price of a package of cigarettes for a one in 20 million chance at enough money to be able to afford not to play the game and mix a little hope into their economic The argument that if people want to their chances of winning something substantial is far greater in Las Vegas discounts that a majority of the poor people who would play the lottery dont have the disposable income to afford the trip let alone the reason for Support the move to bring a Texas lottery to Guest Column Forgotten children should be remembered By BARRY ALLISON Comal County Child Welfare Board If you have been following the action in Austin concerning the states you know that the Legislature is very close to voting on an Appropriations Bill this for certainly dont envy our Edmund He is faced with some very dif ficult decisions concerning the states financial Every special interest group that has a stake in future appropriations is in Austin lobbying against cuts in funding and promoting their par ticular As an example of the pressure being I understand that there was a rally in Austin for teachers and parents opposed to the budget cuts in One noticeably absent group from all of this lobbying will be the children who are most affected by the budget Perhaps abused childrens lack of a unified voice is one of the reasons the legislature has decided to cut the funding for the Child Protective Services of the Texas Department of Human Services to 60 percent of its What this cut means is that children who have been confirmed as being abused will not have anyone to help them this Further reductions are being considered by House Speaker Gib Lewis that would bring the total to children who will not receive any kind of help this It would seem to me that the logical approach to deciding who will receive budget cuts is to rank all of the requests for funding ac cording to The result would be a list that contained at the top those agencies that help people who are totally dependent upon others for their care and survival and at the bottom are those agencies that could through their own efforts survive the budget cuts and not impact peoples if you feel that our children deserve more consideration than the highway for call Edmund Kuempel at 512 4630602 and let him or one of his staff know how you Ask him not to cut any further funds that will help the abused children of our Let him know that you want the budget to stand at 60 percent of need as approved in House Bill 1 in the regular Further cuts in funding line item 7B under TDHSj will exact hardships that our children do not If you want your call to call Thank you for your help in this urgent WIU DcESHt BEtfFT JUST A UTTLlWT If tots Ht TALK Oft WHAT BUCK MfcTOR CUOMO NOT SUAON CAN Too is He JtKT WAITING FOR BUSH TOSLLF is TOO VQUN6 TOO OLD A WlftKV JUST LOVL ABOUT THIS AM 8VEAR FEtfR 0 Andy Rooney The debate goes on over how Man came into and what should be taught in the The Supreme Court just struck down a Louisiana law requiring the teaching of which Is basically the Biblical version that says God created us in his image several thousand years The decision has angered fun But it pleased those who believe in the scientific theory of which says we all evolved from lower life forms millions of years I have never taken sides in this dispute because I have long been a follower of the teachings of Ludwig the noted expert on just about Some years I interviewed the professor about what has become widely known as The Kooky Theory of the Origin of I still have my notes from that interview and will share them with you Professor you do not believe that God created man in his own is that correct Why not Ill tell you why Have you been in the locker room at a golf club You see golfers when they take showers You think God looks like that pot fat behinds What kind of image is that for a God But you also reject Darwins Kooky evolution theory theory of which most scientists believe in Thats You ever see a monkey smoke You ever see a monkey eat anything like a Big Mac Or drink a martini Monkeys are That evolution theory got started because some scientists happened to go over to the Board of Trade one day and saw all those commodities traders down in the screeching and jumping and waving their Then what is the origin of Man It happened this Theres this other planet out there in A planet Where You go out to take a left til you get to the Big hang a go past a couple of and it comes in on your You cant miss Beautiful The whole planet looks like one big Club Are there living creatures there Of An ancient And they look just like except theyre much smarter and more Theyve got a perfect No And nature provides them with everything they Gourmet food with low cholesterol grows on the And almost everybody is considerate and No no no Everybody gets Theyre so civilized that they only need two What are the laws Its illegal to play a portable radio or to make weewee in a swimming It sounds like a perfect But nothings And a few million years they had some Such as They had a certain number of Not too but a It can happen in the best of What was wrong with The usual Some were violent and would start food Others were sneaky and would steal somebodys beach And there were the who thought everybody was against Why didnt they put them away and have psychiatrists treat them That was part of the They didnt have psychiatrists because they were happy and didnt need But if they created psychiatrists for the it would only be a matter of time until the psychiatrists convinced everybody that being happy all the time was Then theyd become depressed and would have to invent liquor and pills to feel happy and that would be Uie end of their So they just let the loonies run loose they couldnt do because theyd have to have cops and make more And with cops and more theyd need And if they created pretty soon everybody would be sueing everybody else and they would have What did they do As I they were a highly advanced society with fantastic I these incredible beings invented the cutproof golf ball more than 20 million years But what did they do about the loonies They gently rounded them Then they put them aboard a giant they set out on a journey through the stars to find a place for them And they found They found an uninhabited plant quite with a nice good water plen tiful clean and excellent And they landed on that put the loonies and flew back to their peaceful And are you saying that is that planet But that would mean we are all descended from that group of And that this planet is nothing but a large booby Do you have any scientific evidence to support your theory I have irrefutable What is it Just watch the 10 oclock James Kilpatrick Evolution is a creationism is religion Louisianas Creationism Act at bottom was just what the Supreme court called it recently The act was a and a fairly transparent sham at In the spurious name of academic the act sought to compel the teaching of a religious This the Constitution The case was rightly Even the issue was not so onesided as the courts 7to2 division would Certain aspects of Justice William Brennans majority opinion are profoundly In Justice Antonjn Scalia joined by Chief Justice WUUam Rehnquist said some things about judicial restraint that sorely neeJ to be Scalia thought that sham had been too quickly and he objected to disposing of the case on the He felt the opinion compounded the inconsistency of decisions in this field and left the theme of chaoes securely The facts are In 1902 Louisiana passed a law affecting all of the states public The act did not require the teaching of any theories on the origins of but the act decreed that if the theory of evolution were the theory of creationism be given equal A group of parents sued Je have the act held unconstitutioAal the District Court and the 5th Circuit agreed with the parents wefc the JSupfeme Court affirmed the lower courts Justice Bremen began bj that States and local sehooj 40 apt Jjayg un discretion flutters of cumcuiwa Their discretion is subject to constitutional Families entrust public schools with the education of their but con dition their trust on the understanding that the classroom will not purposely be used to advance religious Prior cases dealing with the establishment clause have laid down a rule that says touching in any way upon religion must have a secular Legislative statements of such a purpose must be sincere and not a The legislative history of Louisianas act made it clear that the purpose was not to advance academic freedomOn its the act was not It tilted toward We need not be blind to the legislatures preeminent religious purpose in enacting this The purpose was clearly to advance the religious viewpoint that a supernatural being created humankind The act thus violated the First Amendment and had to be struck Very But if the court was saying that only the theory of evolution may be taught in public we are in deep Brennans opinion waited to the very ferink of such a The majority offered but a single sentence of reassurance Teaching a variety of scientific theories aboui he origins of humankind to schoolchildren might be vaUdly with the clear secular intent of enhancing the efteetiyenesjs of science Note the heavy verb This jnjgbjt be Bren flans doubt is as palpable as a This is the troubling The theof y of evolution is just that a nothing nothing It is a theory embraced by our very best But to worship science is to worship a most unconstant god and for the high court to give its imprimatur to one ex cluding all would be In other eras the very best scientists have been very The very best oceanographers once were certain the world was The very best doctors of the Middle Ages had a way of treating lunatics They drilled holes in the lunatics skull to let the demons They very best physicians of the 18th century put leeches to George Washington they were certain that phlebotomy was the very best In the matter at some quite respectable scientists testified that creationism relies upon far more than Genesis These scientists do not regard creationism and evolution as mutually exclusive there is general agreement on the tumultuous formation of seas and mountains eons It is generally agreed that vegetation came followed by fish an4 followed by followed by Unless the biblical word day is read literally to mean 4 which is the theories closely We ought tp keep minds more open than the mind of Justice and we ought to leave a vast deal of educational inquiry to the states Md local school Miltons advice was to let the winds of And Milton was 4
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